“Food for Thought” Breakfast Session: Corruption and Tech
08:00 to 10:00 - 28 Nov 2019
Tshimologong Precinct, 41 Juta St, Johannesburg, 2001

Breakfast Session

Corruption and Tech

In partnership with Corruption Watch we hosted a Food for Thought breakfast session on how technology can prevent, detect and fight corruption in South Africa.

Corruption undermines the effectiveness of institutions, diminishes public trust and hinders the realisation of human rights. Its prevalence in South Africa and the seeming lack of accountability attached to perpetrators has arguably resulted in the public’s corruption-fatigue. Join us as we explore the innovative nature of technology and its capacity to mitigate corruption in South Africa.

Our Panelists

Tara Davis

Attorney at Corruption Watch

Davis is an attorney at Corruption Watch, working on a project that advocates for open contracting in health procurement.

Melusi Ncala

Researcher for Corruption Watch

Ncala is currently a researcher for Corruption Watch. The scope of his work includes, but is not limited to, data analysis, drafting/editing of research reports, providing input in advocacy programmes, opinionista, media spokesperson and podcaster.

Lohan Spies

Co-founder DIDx

Spies has been a co-founder of various cybersecurity and blockchain-based ventures in digital identity and personal data protection, a DApp called Amply aimed towards dematerialising the early childhood development subsidy claims to optimising the impact market with the ixo protocol; the blockchain for impact. His latest venture — DIDx focusses on self-sovereign identity and cybersecurity. As a serial entrepreneur and self-sovereign identity thought leader, he continues to find motivation in building start-ups that leverages exponential technology and decentralised trust networks with the vision to achieve the identity for all. He is also a founding steward of the Sovrin Network and co-chair of the Sovrin Steward Council Task Force. Furthermore, he is an active participant in the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium (SAFBC) and a frequent speaker on Self-sovereign Identity.

Dr Paul Kariuki

Executive Director at Democracy Development Program (DDP)

Kariuki is the Executive Director at Democracy Development Program (DDP). He has worked in the NPO sector for more than 10 years and is passionate about community development, good governance as well as monitoring and evaluation. He is also passionate about community engagement with government at all levels of governance. He graduated with a PhD in Public Administration specializing in monitoring and evaluation in local government.

Gugu Nonjinge

Afrobarometer Communications Coordinator for Southern Africa

Nonjinge is the Afrobarometer Communications Coordinator for Southern Africa, based at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. She works with 10 countries in the region, assisting Afrobarometer national partners with the dissemination of their survey findings.

The CTIN monthly “food for thought” breakfast sessions are intended to offer a platform for collective information sharing / shared learning; profiling (and analysing) of innovative initiatives and practices; topical civic tech community conversations; and networking. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated.


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Technology is not a quick fix solution for corruption



  • 8:00 - 10:00 : Breakfast Session

    “Food for Thought” Corruption and Tech